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Sri Lankan Cardinal Calls For Continued Reconciliation


As Sri Lanka celebrated its Feb. 4 independence day, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo exhorted citizens to look to the future after overcoming the traumas of decades of war.

“It is well known that we could have reached independence by defeating the British colonialism thanks to the efforts of people, united by a single goal. We did not manage to achieve it because our country was divided on the basis of ethnicity and political views,” he said, reported Fides, information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

“The priority needed right now is that all political and religious leaders work together to develop the country and to protect the rights, national culture, freedoms, to build justice, equality, the truth and coexistence. It is everyone’s duty, politicians and ordinary citizens, to carry out their responsibilities and their duties with maximum commitment to achieve that noble goal,” he said.

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